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 Constitution review panel for better results: President
The President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, today went along with the Vajpayee Government's decision to review the Constitution while making the point that it had ``served us well''. It had been a ``reliable guarantor of parliamentary democracy, secularism and fundamental rights which all of us cherish'', he said while addressing a joint session of Parliament here to mark the start of the Budget session.

Cong.(I) plans dharna, rally against Gujarat order
The Congress(I) Parliamentary Party is planning to stage a symbolic dharna inside the Parliament House complex tomorrow morning, against the Gujarat Government order, lifting the ban on Government employees from participating in the RSS activities.

Congress MLAs suspended in Gujarat
The entire Congress(I) Legislature Party in Gujarat, barring the lone woman member, has been suspended from the State Assembly for two to seven days for demonstrating against the Governor, Mr. Sunder Singh Bhandari, in the House on Monday in connection with the State Government's notification permitting its employees to participate in the activities of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Clinton may be 'unsafe' in Pak
A senior administration official has been quoted in The Washington Times as saying that the Secret Service which protects the President, Mr. Bill Clinton, fears that his life would be in danger if he visits Pakistan next month because the nation's security service has been ``heavily infiltrated'' by anti-American Islamic militants.

Govt. will not bow to pressure: Jethmalani
The Union Law Minister, Mr. Ram Jethmalani, today said that the Government would not ``succumb'' to the threat of lawyers to go on a nationwide strike tomorrow to protest the amendments to the Civil Procedure Code.

Law to check caste certificates
Fifty-seven per cent of caste certificates issued in Maharashtra are bogus and the Government intends to bring in legislation to punish the issuers of such certificates and their holders.

World Sikh Council dissolved
The Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Puran Singh, today dissolved the governing body of the controversy-ridden World Sikh Council (WSC) and constituted a 12-member executive committee to make relevant changes in the Council's constitution by Baisakhi of 2001.

 BJP allies' concern over RSS, kerosene price hike issues
The allies of the Bharatiya Janata Party Government today expressed their reservations on two issues that have exercised them lately - the impending increase in the price of kerosene and other petroleum products and the Gujarat Government's decision to allow its employees to participate in RSS activities.

Insat-3B to ride on Ariane 5
India's Insat-3B satellite, schedule for launch in mid-March, will be one of the first commercial communication satellites to ride Arianespace's new launch vehicle, the Ariane 5, into space.

Petrol price hike 'deferred'
The Government tonight deferred the proposed hike in petroleum product prices till the middle of next month bowing to pressure from allies including the TDP and the Trinamul Congress which expressed strong reservations on the move.

Budget at 2 p.m. on Feb. 29
The first Budget of the new century would be presented in the Lok Sabha at 2 p.m. on February 29. This marks a change from last year when it was presented at 11 a.m., breaking away from the colonial tradition of presenting it at 5 p.m.

 Shuttle lands in Florida
The space shuttle Endeavour has landed at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, wrapping up an ambitious 11-day mapping mission that measured the elevation of nearly every significant feature on the earth's surface at least once.


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